Article at a glance: I get to travel and live in different places for months at a time if choose to. While this sounds wonderful, traveling long-term (we’re talking months) has its fair share of challenges, many of which you don’t think about until you have to face them.
How I got it published: Originally, I had pitched the idea to the Smarter Living section of the Times since they dealt with more service journalism-type pieces, of which I’m more familiar. The editor told me that the Travel section was interested in the pitch, and from there, I was introduced to the Travel editor.
He told me that it would be strictly 1,200 words because it would be printed on a half page and that there’d be no room to play around with on word count. I didn’t mind. The article would appear in the paper edition of The New York Freakin’ Times!
As expected, there was a long delay between the time I submitted my first draft and getting edits, but once things got going the actual publishing went off without a hitch.